Research Bench Lab

MCW Tissue Bank

Physician and patient hands desk discussion

For Patients

You may be asked to take part in The Medical College of Wisconsin Tissue Bank if you are being seen at Froedtert Hospital or The Medical College of Wisconsin for screening, evaluation, diagnosis or treatment. As a patient, you have the option to allow The Medical College of Wisconsin Tissue Bank to store your blood and tissue along with identifying information related to your specimens such as your name and date of birth.

Participation Information

If you are interested, please speak with a clinic desk, or call (414) 805-8829 to schedule a consent conference.

What will you have to do?

What will you have to do?

If you consent, there will be a one-time extra blood collection at your next routine blood draw. No extra needle sticks will be necessary and the amount of extra blood taken will be less than 1 tablespoon.

In the event that you have surgery, we would also be asking to store any leftover tissue from that surgery as well as any future surgeries that you may have here. The leftover tissue that we would receive is tissue not needed by your doctor for clinical reasons, such as a diagnosis, and is normally discarded. No additional procedures will be done for the purpose of The Medical College of Wisconsin Tissue Bank.

Your specimens would be stored for possible use in future research studies. These studies may result in the discovery of medication, advancement of treatments, and even possible cures for diseases. There is no direct benefit to you other than the satisfaction of helping to advance knowledge. You will not be paid for your specimens nor receive any payment from patents or products that result from the research.

If you choose to participate, you can change your mind and withdraw, in writing, at any time. No matter what your decision is, it will not affect your health care.

Who can participate?

Who can participate?

To participate in the MCW Tissue Bank you must be:

  • Over 18 years of age
  • A patient of Froedtert Hospital and its health partners
  • The ability to speak and read English (consent form is only available in English currently)
Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee of doctors, researchers and members of the community who are responsible for protecting the rights, welfare and privacy of all individuals who participate in research sponsored by The Medical College of Wisconsin as well as Froedtert Hospital.

The IRB reviews all research studies involving human subjects to ensure safety, compliance with laws and regulations, scientific quality, and ethical standards. Specimens donated to the Tissue Bank cannot be used for research without the permission of the IRB.

Learn more about the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Your privacy is important to us

Your privacy is important to us

While we make every effort to keep your information confidential, it is possible that an unauthorized person might see it. To guard against this, information in the Tissue Bank is password-protected and access to the bank is limited to authorized personnel.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is required by law to protect your health information; however, the law does afford exceptions for certain agencies and persons to see and share your health information for research. These may include the sponsors of the research; the Food and Drug Administration; Department of Health and Human Services; and/or Data Safety Monitoring Boards. The Medical College of Wisconsin only provides your health information to these groups when required by law or by approval from the Institutional Review Board.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most common questions about the MCW Tissue Bank.

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Why am I being asked to participate in the Tissue Bank?

Any patient of Froedtert Hospital has the opportunity to donate for research as long as they meet the criteria for the bank. If you are 18 or older, able to speak and read English and are of sound mind or have a legally authorized representative capable of making decisions, you are welcome to participate.

What kind of research may be done with my samples?

The Tissue Bank collects specimens for many types of research, but the bank is not directly involved in any research. Researchers request the samples that they need from the Tissue Bank. The Tissue Bank does not know what type of research may be done with samples that we collect at this time. However, rest assured that all research conducted at Froedtert and the Medical College must be approved by our Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Learn more about the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

What is the Institutional Review Board or IRB?

The IRB is a committee of doctors, researchers, and members of the community who are responsible for protecting the rights, welfare, and privacy of all individuals who participate in research sponsored by The Medical College of Wisconsin as well as Froedtert Hospital. The IRB reviews studies involving human subjects to ensure safety, compliance with laws and regulations, scientific quality, and ethical standards. Specimens donated to the MCW Tissue Bank cannot be used for research without the permission of the IRB.

Learn more about the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Is this about donating organs or other body parts in the event of my death?

No, organ donation is not something covered by the Tissue Bank. In the event of a patient’s death, any agreement that a patient has entered into regarding organ donation will be honored accordingly. The MCW Tissue bank only collects blood and discard tissue from surgeries.

Can I donate blood even if I have infected/contaminated blood

Yes, specimens collected are not used for other patients and are simply stored for research.

Can I donate blood even if I am worried about the effect of the blood draw on my health?

The amount of blood taken (less than 1 tablespoon) does not pose any increased risk for the patient. Also, the blood is drawn during a routine blood draw, so the patient will not be stuck by a needle solely for the purposes of the Tissue Bank.

Can I donate tissue and no blood or vice versa?

Unfortunately we cannot separate the process within our program. There may be other research on campus that suits your needs. Check out the Clinical Trials page to find ways you can participate.

Learn more about current clinical trials